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    Default A great Motorway Mayhem cache?

    This caught my eye over in the Terracaching Topic
    Quote Originally Posted by markandlynn View Post
    Can anyone say that a motorway mayhem is a great cache ? honestly ?
    Rather than derail that discussion I thought it was worth separate consideration as a new topic.

    Have you found a great MM cache? Maybe 'great' is too much to expect... How about a very good MM cache?

    I think that Forked Tong comes into the "very good" category.

    Anyone else know of others?
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    Depends on what you like I suppose!

    If you take away the MM aspect, and the cache could stand on its own two feet away from a motorway, then to my mind that makes it reasonable.

    For example, our own MM cache is a proper ammo can and I feel it would be acceptable if it was away from the motorway. Admittedly, the location isn't brilliant, but its a replacement for one which was at a very nice view, only it got muggled.

    I can't recall them off hand, but I'm sure there are good quality caches that happen to be termed MM caches (and vice versa, of course!).

    Ai agree that there are a lot of service station car park micros, but there are plenty of other micros that aren't called MM caches. I don't thyink the MM tag is what makes a cache low quality.

    Not a very coherent argument here! : I suppose what I'm saying is that I don't see why there should be a difference between MM and any other caches - a bit of imagination and it can be every bit as good as a 'normal' cache.

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    Ok, so not many of the mayhem caches are all that exciting, I do however like them as they provides a nice break on my travels all over the country. :coffee:

    Though I must say that I have left without logging a few of them when they are placed in the less sanitary places. (e.g.at base of trees where dogs and lazy people..)

    My favourites are the mayhem's that are not at service stations but can still be reached without getting muddy as I'd usually have to go in to meetings afterwards..

    My favourite was stuck under a hub-cap under a hedge. I'd lifted the hubcap to look under it twice before I found it. Another was hidden in a set of cars-eyes. So even though they are not in the most scenic places they can still be a challenge to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    This caught my eye over in the Terracaching Topic

    Rather than derail that discussion I thought it was worth separate consideration as a new topic.

    Have you found a great MM cache? Maybe 'great' is too much to expect... How about a very good MM cache?

    I think that Forked Tong comes into the "very good" category.

    Anyone else know of others?
    Reading the logs for that i can glean the following we found it in 2006 btw


    more than made up for a couple of disappointing caches we've logged over the last week or so.

    Many MM caches are a bit dull but this one really excels on all levels

    All I will say is if more motorway mayhem caches were like this (as in thought given) I would stop insulting them .

    Great title, great cache - very funny and one of the best Motorway Mayhem caches I've done.

    Thanks for this cache, it's one of the best Motorway Mayhem caches that I have done, if not the best!

    , he recalled that there was a "dead good Motorway Mayhem cache about a Forked Tongue" He thought it
    I had wondered how a micro cache could be rated so highly and now I know why. Brilliant

    Very unusual and innovative cache container, why can't more caches be as interesting as this!

    Great motorway mayhem cache in a very nice location.

    As ever innovation is the key with this one. Its not to hard to find and yet has an interesting slant. Id also say its not really an MM cache, i thought they were meant to be in the service stations ?
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    I don't think MM caches have to be at Service stations: Neither of our two are! As I understand the idea, they should be close enough to a motorway junction to allow someone to take a short break, stretch their legs and find a relatively easy cache.

    Our two both require coming off at a motorway junction, driving about half a mile, then parking and doing a short, easy walk to the cache. Each one takes no more than half an hour in total, from coming off the motorway to getting back on it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Blorenge View Post
    I don't think MM caches have to be at Service stations: Neither of our two are! As I understand the idea, they should be close enough to a motorway junction to allow someone to take a short break, stretch their legs and find a relatively easy cache.

    Our two both require coming off at a motorway junction, driving about half a mile, then parking and doing a short, easy walk to the cache. Each one takes no more than half an hour in total, from coming off the motorway to getting back on it again.
    In which case i own a motorway mayhem cache. :socool:

    It is of course the best in the country and im rightfully proud of it.:cheers:
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    There, so there can be great - or at least very good - MM caches . Certainly Dave Gerrie's at M25 J8 (the ammo box, not the micro) is an example of a very good MM cache.

    Amberel's Thames Path - Motorway Mayhem, M25 J13 is also good though I wouldn't really regard it as a MM cache.

    I think the series contributes to the perception. If a cache is MM then almost by definition people expect it to be a "bad" cache. As Dave says, there shouldn't be a quality difference just because one cache has Motorway Mayhem in the title and another, which also happens to be near a motorway exit, doesn't.

    I prefer MM caches not to be at service areas. If it's a local cache then getting to the service area can often be tricky and/or expensive. Service areas are also busy places with lots of CCTV and rubbish. Junctions, however, often have quiet spots very close by and fewer muggles.

    Remember, there's no rule that prohibits more than one MM cache at a motorway exit. If the one already there disappoints, place another .

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    Quote Originally Posted by markandlynn View Post
    In which case i own a motorway mayhem cache. :socool:

    It is of course the best in the country and im rightfully proud of it.:cheers:
    Of course!

    But I think to make it 'qualify officially' as a MM cache it has to have Motorway Mayhem in the title and also a link to the MM 'background image' URL. Then you need to send the link to the geocacher who set up the original idea.

    And, no, I can't remember who that is now! In fact, I don't think I've given them the link for our second MM cache which we set about 3 months back.

    <MrsB puts a note on her "To Do" list>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan White View Post

    Amberel's Thames Path - Motorway Mayhem, M25 J13 is also good though I wouldn't really regard it as a MM cache.
    Looks like a poor one, really, from the POV of MM caches. I wouldn't want to use it for a break from a long drive, particularly wearing city clothes. It does look good as a stand-alone, however.

    Motorway Mayhem M3 J4A
    is recommended: only a few paces from a good parking spot on the edge of some nice quite woodland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    Looks like a poor one, really, from the POV of MM caches.
    And a good example of how the name of a cache can change perception, in this case in the opposite direction from usual .

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    Motorway Mayhem M3 J4A is recommended: only a few paces from a good parking spot on the edge of some nice quite woodland.
    Yes, a very good MM cache for those requiring a "real" MM cache. It's also now right on the route of a circular walk of 22 caches so the walk/break can extend as far and for as long as you like.

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    Just like off yer trolley, supermarket sweep, indy industrial, sidetracked, a road anarchy caches i just automatically ignore them all.

    I may miss the odd gem this way but those titles automatically engender the rubbish cache response to me.

    As in all caches its the level of thought that matters and until i can filter for "it took me 5 days of planning to create the container and 5 visits to the area to find the perfect spot" in a PQ ill continue to ignore them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markandlynn View Post
    I may miss the odd gem this way but those titles automatically engender the rubbish cache response to me.
    "Cache rating" seems to be flavour of the month at the moment.
    :lol:
    They're rubbish in your view, but of course that's because you assume that they won't suit your requirements. They may be ideal for someone who caches in a different style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    "Cache rating" seems to be flavour of the month at the moment.
    :lol:
    They're rubbish in your view, but of course that's because you assume that they won't suit your requirements. They may be ideal for someone who caches in a different style.
    Hi andy

    Hence the until i can filter my preferences.

    I quite like your idea of being able to say why you have planted a cache.

    In fact i am just finishing a list for my caches like the following.

    Now if i could have some boxes to tick it would make this easier for me and seekers of my caches.

    I know some people avoid certain types of cache but the most common reason for avoiding one of our longer multi's is that it does not boost the find count enough.

    Viroconium II
    Distance 0.2 mile tops less if you drive
    Difficulty of hide easy but a bit hard to get at.
    Reason.
    One of the first caches we did was here and despite a good hiding spot it got muggled. To avoid this fate again we found a new spot a distance away (we get criticised in the logs about the final spot but its a good compromise) the start just gives you a great view of an old roman town so great location and views and a nice easy multi to find.
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    In fact Motorway Mayhem, Sidetracked etc. and some of the "series" caches are an attempt by cache owners to place caches under categories in the way that I hope Groundspeak will do. So if you don't like a category you can ignore all those caches in one go, or if you're looking for a certain type of cache you can use the category to filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    In fact Motorway Mayhem, Sidetracked etc. and some of the "series" caches are an attempt by cache owners to place caches under categories in the way that I hope Groundspeak will do. So if you don't like a category you can ignore all those caches in one go, or if you're looking for a certain type of cache you can use the category to filter.
    Exactly just like waymarking categories. The fact its says Mayhem helps me filter them out.

    I think attributes was GSP way to solve this but its not worked
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